#1 The Republicans just made themselves a whole lot more electable08-12-2012, 01:52 PM
The Republicans just made themselves a whole lot more electable
Three years ago, asked to identify the single greatest threat to US security, the Joint Chiefs named the debt level.
True then, truer today. The present administrationís boondoggles have squandered hundreds of billions of dollars when the treasury was already bare. The debt crisis is no longer just Americaís business: the bankrupting of the greatest free democracy on Earth menaces every friend of liberty.
Let me share a British retrospective with American readers. By 1945, we had emptied our Exchequer and exhausted our credit. Sadly, that was the moment that the Attlee government picked to launch a ruinously expensive programme of state expansion. The result was that we went in three decades from being the worldís foremost power to being in such a wretched condition that we sought salvation in Europe.
You hardly need me to labour the parallel. The Obama administrationís federal programmes and healthcare plans would have been burdensome at any time, but in present economic circumstances threaten catastrophe. Next to the spending crisis, no other issue matters. Where the candidates stand on gun rights or gay marriage is, frankly, about as important as where they stand on the identity of Jack the Ripper. The only question that Americans should ask themselves between now and polling day is ĎWho will restore sanity to federal spending?í
Like many Americans, I blame both parties for creating the mess. Obamaís porkulus packages followed Bushís, and Congressmen on both sides of the aisle were at fault. (To be fair, grassroots Republicans have deselected some of their guilty men and replaced them with fiscal conservatives.)
There is, however, one Congressman who grasps not only the gravity of his countryís predicament, but also the need for a plausible recovery plan. He is Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and the good news is that he is the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee. Iíve posted the above video before, but itís well worth watching again. In the flesh, Ryan is much as he seems in that film: sincere, charming, intelligent.
Itís true, of course, that Congress sets the budget, and I remain of the view that the legislative elections this November are the ones which matter most. Still, having an Executive which sees federal spending as the problem rather than the solution canít hurt.
Interesting how the Brits can see the problem while far too any Americans continue to drink the media kool aide. Good video btw.
Liberalism is just communism sold by the drink.
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